I have a question that has been on my mind for some time, especially as I get closer to purchasing a trailer...
I have a 2009 V6 4x4 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with a a factory towing package (class III/IV hitch rated for 5080lbs or, with weight-distribution, 7000lbs), and do not have the option of upgrading.
I am going tomorrow to look at a 2-horse straight-load BP with electronic braking; the trailer weighs 2600lbs empty (I was told) and my horse is about 1100lbs. Figure myself, plus tack, water bottles, etc... add 250lbs of weight to my total. This puts my tow weight at 3950lbs (77.7% of my tow rating-- I was told never to tow above 85% of your rating).
When I look around online, there is a huge amount of angst about towing with an Explorer-- however they were redesigned in 2007 and are now available with towing packages, which changes things.
My question is: am I wrong to think that I can reasonably tow my horse with my Sport Trac + tow package? If you think not, then what makes the numbers wrong?